Skyward by Brandon Sanderson – Review: Reach for the stars

I got this book as an early Christmas gift without knowing much about it, only that it was written by a critically acclaimed author and that it had a gorgeous cover. Apparently, that is enough to win me over because the next thing I knew, I was leaving the store with the first two volumes under my arm.

At the moment, I worried I’d made a mistake, that I wouldn’t like them after all and have them hanging on my bookshelf forever. But now, after finishing the first book in the series, I can’t begin to tell you just how wrong I was.




 Author: Brandon Sanderson


Publication date: November 6th, 2018


Main characters: Spensa, M-bot, Cobb


POV: Spensa; Admiral Judy “Ironsides”


Sequel, number in series, or stand-alone? First in the Cytonic series

Previous book:


Following book: Starsight


Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


  Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.



  This is one of those fantasy books that blew my mind completely, it had me intrigued from the first minute up till the end, all while the author meticulously performed the art of introducing and engaging the reader to his own mind-created world without overwhelming and confounding them.

Brandon Sanderson truly performs magic with his words in this book, he created an all-encompassing story that got me hanging at the edge of my seat from beginning to end, while also adding certain elements to the story that serves as a relief for all that tension.

Spensa, our protagonist, is certainly one. She’s fierce and perseverant and won’t ever let anything or anyone get in the way of her dreams. Even though she might kill someone before admitting this, she’s an idealist, she has great expectations and illusions about certain things that don’t always turn out in her way, which makes Spensa gain many disappointments. She is tremendously funny, she made me laugh out loud with her bloodthirsty threats and opinionated remarks about the people around her.

Second in line, resides my other favorite character in this book, which is the artificial intelligence M-bot. It was the funniest spaceship I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. And I loved how in this story, even a supposedly “insensitive” machine was able to learn compassion, loyalty, and kindness.

 In Skyward, everyone has a part to play.

 Even though it’s a fantasy book, it teaches us a very real lesson: humans can’t survive without each other.

Apart from flying spaceships and engaging space-wars, Brandon Sanderson also manages to tackle the topics of cowardice and courageousness in a way that doesn’t feature in hero stories frequently, we travel through the great expanse of grey between these two concepts, morally questionable people, how are they also bathed in hypocrisy, so unpredictable, and so repetitive at the same time.

What really makes us human.

Spensa has a heart of gold, she might be able to fool the rest, but never her readers.
We know how much good resides within her.


I’m super excited for starting Starsight, the second book in the series. Book three Nowhere and book four Untitled are to be expected in Spring of 2021 and Fall of 2022 respectively.


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